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Nassau Democrats want candidates

Although Nassau County Republicans are in a bit of a tumult — with an Oyster Bay Town commissioner indicted for tax evasion and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) reported to be under federal investigation —  Nassau Democrats are trying to find candidates to run for local office.

The Nassau County Democratic Committee sent out an email last week, headlined “Calling all Candidates!”

It began: “Are you looking for a way to become more involved in your community AND the Democratic Party? Then now is your chance! We're searching for motivated, caring, and driven community leaders and/or individuals to be candidates in the upcoming 2015 election cycle. We are looking for people to run in positions from Nassau County Legislature down to town officials.”

Recipients or anyone they knew that might be interested, were directed to email Mike Santeramo, executive director of the Nassau Democratic Committee.

Despite its current troubles, the Nassau GOP still has multiple people seeking to run for open offices, which led one Repubilcan to suggest that Democrats appear desperate.

Nassau Democratic chairman Jay Jacobs disagrees.

“Thats the difference between Republicans and Democrats,” Jacobs said Monday. “Republicans, when they need candidates, they go to their kids, their brothers or sisters or other family members. We want to make sure that people who want to get involved and actually serve people know that they can come to us and we’ll give them a fair look. We want to bring people in and widen the circle. We’d actually like our children to get jobs in the private sector.”

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